Science KS1/KS2: What is selective breeding?

Michaela Strachen introduces the concept of inherited characteristics in beagle puppies, demonstrating that beagles produce offspring that are not identical to their parents.

A dog breeder explains selective breeding, looking at puppies that have useful and less useful traits.

Michaela explains how artificial selection is also used in vegetables, showing how broccoli, sprouts and cauliflower all originate from a wild cabbage called Colewort.

This clip is from the series Evolutionwatch.

Teacher Notes

Start a discussion on artificial selection – which dog would you breed from and why?

Which dogs would you breed in order to create a hunting dog that can run fast?

Pupils could look at photos of their own family or a famous family, such as the royal family, to identify family traits.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Primary Science at KS1/KS2,1st level/2nd level particularly on the topic of animals and evolution.

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